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Catalina Island Casino Ballroom

1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
310 510 2000
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Ranked #4 of 17 Attractions in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Historic Sites
Owner description: Few words can describe the ambiance of the Catalina Casino: it epitomizes everything glamorous and romantic about Catalina Island. The one-of-a-kind... more » Owner description: Few words can describe the ambiance of the Catalina Casino: it epitomizes everything glamorous and romantic about Catalina Island. The one-of-a-kind venue is simply stunning inside, outside, and all around. If the meticulously decorated walls could talk, they’d tell countless stories of romance and celebration gathered from decades of memorable events. The immense, Deco-themed ballroom is large enough to contain weddings, large meetings or lectures or musical events. The Casino has retained its signature lavish style: a stunning medley of rose-hued walls, an arching, 50-foot ceiling with five Tiffany chandeliers, an elevated stage, raised seating areas surrounding the wooden dance floor, and a vintage full-service bar anchoring the back. A sweeping veranda surrounds the ballroom with stunning 360-degree views of Avalon Bay. « less
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Manhattan Beach, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We took the one hour tour of the casino. What a fabulous experience. The Art Deco design throughout is stunning and our guide, Porschia, whose art work can be seen throughout the island, took us everywhere behind the scenes, and filled us in on the fascinating history of this historic building. They only give the one hour tour twice a... More

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Malibu, California, United States
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123 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

A really lovely ballroom where the ghosts of Big Band can still be heard faintly in the air. It's a lovely setting and I can only imagine the fine music and dancing of the past.

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Oceanside, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Room is huge. Ramp you have to walk up to get to it is no joke! Good thing they have hand rail. Had a great time!

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San Francisco, California
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32 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

When you see the ballroom with its massive Tiffany chandelier, you are instantly transported back to the days of glamour. We definitely want to plan to attend one of Catalina’s big events, like their jazz festival. The hardwood floors are glorious and one can imagine dancing the night away.

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Avalon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I went on this great little tour of the Avalon Casino Ballroom, Avalon Bay, Catalina Island. It was led by Portia, who besides being a great singer and piano player is pretty as well. She led the group to sing the Avalon song, which she said was sung by the guests before each event back in the day. Anyway, I... More

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Melbourne, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Had the privilege of attending a ball and dancing on that wonderful circular dance floor eight floors up. Very smooth floor with no obstructions and the decor is amazing. Kudos to those who maintain it and the building which is the crown jewel of the island. A movie theater and a museum are on the lower levels. People should do... More

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San Jose, CA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Just to think, you can rent the joint for just 10 grand a night! It's hard to believe the floor is suspended. You can just picture the upper-crusters (and the high school basketball team) that populated this place in years gone by.

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San Diego, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

If you're looking for a nice getaway, Catalina just might be a good option. You can pretty much do it all in a day or two, or just hangout by the pool or Descanso Beach. If you rent a golf cart for two hours, you can drive twice around the area and still have time to stop and smell the... More

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Costa Mesa, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Portia was my guide - she was both informative and entertaining . The tour was full of nostalgic details of the casino, the theatre and concluded in the Ballroom, complete with a walk on the balcony - spectacular view. While we were walking up several ramps, I was able to take a lot of pictures of the beach out open... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

If you like history and a bit of Hollywood glamour take the tour. We took the mini tour for $10.00 each and it was just the right amount of time. Afterward our ticket got us a discount for the museum which was informative as well.

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